Corbyn asks Cameron questions from public in first PMQs

Jeremy Corbyn has asked David Cameron questions submitted by the public as he took part in Prime Minister's Questions for the first time as Labour leader.

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Straw: Corbyn should 'get on his knees' before Queen

Former foreign secretary Jack Straw has said new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - who is a republican - should kneel before the Queen in line with the convention of the historic Privy Council ceremony.

He told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship, his advice to Mr Corbyn would be "it goes with the job" and "you should get on your knees".

Jack Straw said new leader Jeremy Corbyn should knee before the Queen.

Mr Corbyn is expected to meet the Queen as part of his admission to the Council, an inner circle of senior politicians who advise the monarch, and receive top secret security briefings.

However, in an interview with the BBC, he said he would have to consider the kneeling aspect of the ceremony.

"I didn't know that was involved actually....It's the first I've heard about it and I want to discuss that with colleagues, the whole process", he said.


Corbyn seeks to create new kind of politics at PMQs

He wanted to usher in a different kind of politics and at Prime Minister's Questions, Jeremy Corbyn did just that.

The Labour leader has been determined to end the pantomime of PMQs with an emphasis of substance over style and his first attempt made many inside and outside of Westminster take notice.

ITV News Political Correspondent Darl Dinnen reports:

Political sketch writers turn their pens on Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn's first stab at Prime Minister's Questions was one of the most eagerly-anticipated political debuts in years.

And while the political journalists filled the Commons press gallery to weigh up the new Labour leader's performance, the parliamentary sketch writers lurked menacingly in the wings.

ITV News' Peter Smith reports:

Corbyn faces Cameron with questions from the public

Labour's new leader Jeremy Corbyn faced David Cameron at Prime Ministers' Questions for the first time.

Mr Corbyn introduced his own style to the frontbenches. The punch-and-judy politics were gone. In their place, questions set by members of the public.

But his break from tradition no longer extends to the National Anthem. After criticism of his silence during a service yesterday, in future he has decided to sing along.


Mann: PMQs 'from Tom and Jerry to Tom, Dick and Harry'

Labour MP John Mann has been highly critical of leader Jeremy Corbyn's new approach saying that Prime Minster's questions has been transformed from "Tom and Jerry" to "Tom, Dick and Harry".

He told ITV News: "We're used to Tom and Jerry at Prime Minster's Questions. Today we got Tom, Dick and Harry. So it's a very different approach. More civilised.

"It might make it easier for any Prime Minister to answer questions."

The Bassetlaw MP also criticised Corbyn for not singing the National Anthem saying it was "totally out of accord with the working class in this country and therefore with the traditional Labour voters, and ...with the vast majority in this country."

Woman 'behind first question': Tories 'like bunnies for the pot'

Jeremy Corbyn delivers his first questions at PMQs.

A woman who claims she submitted the first question read out by Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister's Questions says the Conservative front bench looked like "bunnies... for the pot".

The woman from south-west London, who called into LBC claiming to be Marie, said she was behind the question about the UK's "chronic" housing shortage.

She told the radio station: "I liked the way he [Mr Corbyn] looked at him over the top of his glasses, I thought that worked very well and it was very calm.

"The Prime Minister had to change his way of doing things for Corbyn, so surely that's a massive mark-up for Corbyn to begin with?

"And the front bench Conservative Party did not look happy bunnies today. They looked as if they had just been told they were for the pot.

"They really didn't look happy at all. And that's good. And I hope that continues every single week."

Labour figures welcome Corbyn's 'people's question time'

John Prescott was among a number of former senior Labour figures who hailed Jeremy Corbyn's decision to ask questions from the public during Prime Minister's Questions today.

The former Deputy PM described the move as "brilliant", while Chuka Umunna - who stood down from the shadow cabinet upon Mr Corbyn's election - also described it as "refreshing".

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant also welcomed the move, but said it should not continue in the longer term.

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